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International AIDS conference honors victims of downed jet

| Monday, July 21, 2014
Dutch Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV/AIDS, Lambert Grijns speaks at the opening ceremony of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.
MELBOURNE, Australia -- An international AIDS conference opened in Australia on Sunday with a tribute to several delegates who were killed en route to the gathering when their plane was shot down over Ukraine. Officials at the opening ceremony for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne held a moment of silence for the six AIDS researchers...

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Australia lawmaker: Gay marriage ban a ‘bizarre misappropriation of power’

| Monday, July 14, 2014
David-Leyonhjelm
An Australian lawmaker is challenging Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow Members of Parliament a free vote on same-sex marriage and said he would introduce legislation to amend the federal marriage act as soon as that happens. Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm said he hopes the “closet libertarians” in Parliament will support him...

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New Zealand to shorten ban on gay and bisexual blood donors

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014
New-Zealand
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) is set to reduce the waiting period for HIV negative gay and bisexual men to donate blood.

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Australian court rejects gay marriage law, nullifies dozens of same-sex marriages

| Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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SYDNEY -- Australia's highest court struck down a landmark law on Thursday that had begun allowing the country's first gay marriages, shattering the dreams of dozens of same-sex newlyweds whose marriages will now be annulled less than a week after their weddings.

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First same-sex weddings held in Australian capital city

| Saturday, December 7, 2013
Rob Griffith, APGay couples, back row from left, Craig Berry, Ulyses Garcia, Narelle Majic, Ashleigh Watson, Dennis Littelow and Stephen Dawson, front row from left, Joel Player, Alan Right, Samantha Hermes, Hayley Wilson, Ivan Hinton, and Chris Teoh, pose for photos after they all took their wedding vows during ceremonies throughout Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
CANBERRA, Australia — Gay and lesbian couples from around Australia joined in fragile marriages in Canberra on Saturday under the nation's beleaguered same-sex union laws that face a challenge in the courts within a week.

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Same-sex weddings begin in Australia, but marriages could be short lived

| Friday, December 6, 2013
Rob Griffith, APWestern Australian politician Stephen Dawson, right, gives his husband Dennis Liddelow a kiss after they married in front of Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
[caption id="attachment_119545" align="alignleft" width="665"] Rob Griffith, APWestern Australian politician Stephen Dawson, right, gives his husband Dennis Liddelow a kiss after they married in front of Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.[/caption] CANBERRA, Australia -- A state lawmaker and his partner dressed in...

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Same-sex couples in Australia capital allowed to wed ahead of court ruling

| Tuesday, December 3, 2013
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CANBERRA, Australia -- Australia's first same-sex weddings can take place this weekend after the nation's highest court decided to rule next week on the law allowing gay marriage in the national capital.

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Australian Governor-General backs same-sex marriage

| Saturday, November 23, 2013
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SYDNEY, New South Wales -- In a landmark speech, the Governor-General of Australia on Friday publicly endorsed same-sex marriage

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Tasmania lawmakers defer same-sex marriage debate to federal parliament

| Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tasmania
HOBART, Tasmania -- A motion to revive the debate over same-sex marriage in Tasmania's parliament was defeated in the Upper House Legislative Council Tuesday, as local MP's voted to leave the question up to the Federal Parliament in Canberra.

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Australian Capital Territory votes to legalize same-sex marriage

| Monday, October 21, 2013
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CANBERRA, Australia -- A provincial parliament in Australia has become the country's first to pass a law that allows same-sex marriages. But the federal government has threatened a court challenge.

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